Two weeks ago, at the pristine Fletcher Opera Theater, the many sidemen of Doc Watson gathered to pick a few: Bryan Sutton, David Holt and T. Michael Coleman were all at one time or another associates of the legendary North Carolina picker from Deep Gap. Bryan Sutton won the 2007 instrumental Grammy along with Watson. David Holt is a folklorist and accompanied Watson for 14 years on the road and also won a Grammy with him in 2002 for best field recording. T. Michael Coleman was Watson's longest serving sideman, having played bass with Doc and his son, Merle, for many years.
The group told stories about Doc and related the songs in their set not just to Doc's life but also to how the material influenced their own work. They performed several numbers from their new joint release, Ready For The Times,
and Sutton even debuted two instrumentals from his upcoming solo release, Into My Own.
At one point, Holt described a song he had written for Doc after spending so many mornings listening to him practice through the hotel wall. Hearing the tune, you can't help but daydream about what that must have been like.
Below are a few clips from the evening's performance.
"Ready For The Times To Get Better"
"Down The Road"